Goodbye Cruel Releasing | Release Date: April 29, 2005
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E.R.Feb 5, 2006
Charming, real, totally absorbing film that shows real talent from top to bottom, from upstart young director Bujalski to lead actress Dollenmayer. It's artfully shot despite having virtually no budget; the dialogue is fresh, funny, and Charming, real, totally absorbing film that shows real talent from top to bottom, from upstart young director Bujalski to lead actress Dollenmayer. It's artfully shot despite having virtually no budget; the dialogue is fresh, funny, and absorbing. Anyone who has ever experience those awkward post-college years ought to love this--but really, anyone who appreciates a unique new sensibility on film ought to give it a try. Expand
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DavePAug 30, 2005
I picked this up on a whim, and I couldn't believe how it slowly won me over. Bujalski is a wonderfully adept writer, and he gets a cautiously natural performance out of everyone involved, most notably Kate Bujalski in the winsome I picked this up on a whim, and I couldn't believe how it slowly won me over. Bujalski is a wonderfully adept writer, and he gets a cautiously natural performance out of everyone involved, most notably Kate Bujalski in the winsome central role. For anyone that's ever seen a college-shot film and thought how you could make one better, see this one. You can't make one better. This is the best no-budget film I've ever seen. And by quite a wide margin. But a side note of caution for those that have no interest in the truly indie film: stay FAR away. Collapse
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MarceloT.Mar 28, 2006
We need people like this guy to bring back long lost indie credibility.
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HalfwelshmanDec 1, 2011
Funny Ha Ha is not just an example of charming and well-performed comedy-drama, but it's important in terms of film history, effectively beginning the mumblecore film movement. It's a micro-budget production with a home-made feel, and reliesFunny Ha Ha is not just an example of charming and well-performed comedy-drama, but it's important in terms of film history, effectively beginning the mumblecore film movement. It's a micro-budget production with a home-made feel, and relies on its actors naturalistic improvisations. It's about young people drifting through life post-college, and the trials and tribulations of relationships, both romantic and friendship-based. The film's narrative is seen almost entirely from the central character's perspective - Marnie (the effortlessly brilliant Kate Dollenmayer) is uncertain of her future, so takes life as it comes, encountering a number of hurdles along the way. The story itself is simplistic, and perhaps a little too minimal to gain your undivided attention for 90 minutes, and many of the film's events are left unresolved and open to interpretation. This will be a divisive point - you'll likely find it either liberating or immensely irritating (I personally didn't mind the lack of resolution, but did found myself a little disappointed). The actors all do a great job of improvising realistic conversations (talking like real people actually do - a rarity on film) and there's the odd chuckle to be had. The film is admirable for doing something a bit different with the rom-com as a genre, but I'm not certain the rest of it is being quite as original as it clearly wants to be - the low-key aesthetics owe a lot to Dogme 95, and the improvisation and comedy derived from everyday situations sometimes makes the film feel like a Mike Leigh knockoff. Expand
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